Title

Values and validity: Navigating messiness in a community-based research project in Rwanda

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Technical Communication Quarterly

Volume

24

Issue

1

Publication Date

1-1-2015

First Page

45

Last Page

69

Abstract

Community-based research in technical communication is well suited to supporting empowerment and developing contextualized understandings, but this research is messy. Presenting fieldwork examples from an interdisciplinary technical communication/medical anthropology study in Rwanda, this article conveys challenges that the authors encountered during fieldwork and their efforts to turn the messy constraints of community-based research into openings. Explicitly considering values and validity provided a strategy for our efforts to democratically share power, maximize rigor, and navigate uncertainty.

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